Fact or Fiction?

Fact or Fiction:

Winthrop University’s official name at one time was the South Carolina Industrial and Winthrop Normal College.

Letterhead from the Board of Trustees Report to the General Assembly - 1893
Letterhead from the Board of Trustees Report to the General Assembly – 1893

Fact:

Winthrop was originally known as the Winthrop Training School for Women from the school’s founding in 1886 until 1891. In 1891, the industrial arts were added to the curriculum and at the behest of Governor Benjamin Tillman Winthrop became known as the South Carolina Industrial and Winthrop Normal College. This name only lasted a few years until Winthrop’s name was changed again in 1893 to Winthrop Normal and Industrial College of South Carolina. Below is a progression of Winthrop’s official name.

The Progression of Winthrop’s Official Name

Name Dates
Winthrop Training School for Women 1886-1891
South Carolina Industrial and Winthrop Normal College 1891-1893
Winthrop Normal and Industrial College of South Carolina
(Moved to Rock Hill, SC in 1895)
1893-1920
Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women 1920-1974
Winthrop College
(Became coed in 1974)
1974-1992
Winthrop University 1992 to present

 

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